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Truck Company Operations Academy

The Rio Hondo Regional Truck Academy is an intensive, 11 day (88 hour) training course designed for the Professional Firefighter.

No matter what size department you come from, this course is for you!  Truck work is performed everyday, no matter the size of you department.  This is a great training opportunity that always fills up fast!

This course is designed to be primarily hands-on and is physically demanding.

Location:  Rio Hondo Regional Fire Training Center (11400 Greenstone Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA)

Class Size: 48 Students

Price: $1511   (Students outside of California-$2341)

Prerequisites:  Firefighter-1 or equivalent

Certifications Received:

Rio Hondo Fire Technology, Truck Company Operations 88 hour course completion certification

Students also receive 2 college units from Rio Hondo College

Required Equipment:

Standard Work Uniform for classroom lecture

Full Structural Firefighting PPE

Hearing Protection


Eye Protection


SCBA, with a minimum of 2 spare cylinders and a Personal Alarm Device


This is a physically demanding course.  Students should be in good health and without medical issues that may preclude them from participating.

Students are allowed to miss 10% (8 hours) of the course and still receive credit.  For students that must miss more than 10%, they will be allowed to attend the next Truck Academy class (for the sections missed) free of charge to receive their certification

Truck Academy Manual


Truck Academy Outline

Day 1:

Building Construction Lecture

Building Construction Walk Through

Vertical Ventilation Lecture

Day 2:

Elevator Rescue Lecture

Horizontal Ventilation Lecture

Chainsaw Maintenance Review

Aerial Rope Rescue Operations

Day 3:

Forcible Entry Skills

Diagnostic Cuts

Rolling Rafters

Axe Work

Day 4:

Pitch Roof Ventilation (Steep/Shallow)

Light Weight Panelized Ventilation (Off Beam/Off Purlin)

Flat Conventional Ventilation

(With Construction/Against Construction)

Day 5:

Light Weight Panelized Ventilation; 2-Saw Operations

(Louver, Drop Cuts, Pull Backs)

Horizontal Ventilation

Day 6:

Elevator Rescue Lecture/Skills

VES (Vent Enter Search)

Day 7:

Firefighter Survival Techniques

Rapid Intervention Tactics

Day 8:

Firefighter Survival Techniques

Rapid Intervention Tactics

Day 9:
VES (Vent Enter Search)
Ventilation Over Live Fire
Vehicle Extrication

Day 10:
VES (Vent Enter Search)
Ventilation Over Live Fire
Vehicle Extrication

Day 11:
Forcible Entry Under Live Fire Scenario
Rapid Intervention Scenario
Vehicle Extrication Scenario
Vertical Ventilation Scenario